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What The 28nm A5 Chip Inside The New Apple TV Means For The Retina iPad Mini

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The Apple TV, Cupertino’s “hobby” of a set-top box, is often used to test out new fabrication process for the A-series chips that go into iPhones, iPod touches and iPads. The last Apple TV ran a 32nm A5 processor built by Samsung with a single-core disabled, which eventually ended up (in a dual-core capacity) in the iPad mini.

With the new third-gen Apple TV, Apple’s at it again. The new Apple TV is functionally and physically identical to its predecessor, except for one detail: it features a 28nm A5 chip built by TSMC. But what does it mean?

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Apple Starts Taking A-Series Chip Production Away From Samsung

Apple Starts Taking A-Series Chip Production Away From Samsung

This could be the first ripple of a very big wave: the Commercial Times out of Taiwan is claiming that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (or TSMC) is about to start trial production for Apple’s A6X SoC this quarter.

Why is this a big deal? Apple’s arch-nemesis Samsung currently manufacturers the A6X chip… and it might herald Apple shifting all of its multi-billion dollar chip business away.

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Apple Might Not Be Building $10 Billion U.S. Chip Plant After All

Apple Might Not Be Building $10 Billion U.S. Chip Plant After All

There’s been a lot of talk about Project Azalea, Apple’s rumored $10 billion project with TSMC to build a top-secret chip plant on domestic shores. We’ve heard it might be built in New York. We’ve heard it might be built in Portland. Wherever it’s built, though, it’s believed to be a major blow against Apple’s frenemy Samsung, who currently builds the majority of Apple’s custom ARM chips.

Unfortunately, it turns out that Project Azalea might not have anything to do with Apple after all, with TSMC’s CEO himself now denying it.

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iPhone 5 Sales Expected To Top 45 Million Units In Q4 As Production Rates Improve [Rumor]

iPhone 5 Sales Expected To Top 45 Million Units In Q4 As Production Rates Improve [Rumor]

Productions rates for the iPhone 5 are improving, supply sources claim, just in time for the handset to make its debut in more than 50 additional markets throughout December. Now that Apple has caught up with demand, the handset’s shipping delay has been reduced from four weeks to just 2-4 business days. Suppliers now expect the Cupertino company to sell 45 million iPhone 5 units during the fourth quarter alone.

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Apple Attempts To Purchase Exclusive Access To TSMC’s Smartphone Chips [Report]

Apple Attempts To Purchase Exclusive Access To TSMC’s Smartphone Chips [Report]

Exclusivity to TSMC’s production would make things very difficult for Apple’s competitors.

In an effort to better meet the demand of its mobile devices — and make things very difficult for its competitors — Apple has reportedly been bidding to secure exclusive access to TSMC’s (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) custom smartphone chips. Qualcomm has also been bidding up against the Cupertino company, and both parties are believed to have submitted bids in excess of $1 billion.

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Apple’s Television Set Will Be Powered By A Custom-Built Processor Like Its iOS Devices [Rumor]

Apple’s Television Set Will Be Powered By A Custom-Built Processor Like Its iOS Devices [Rumor]

Like its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch which utilize the company’s A4 and A5 processors, Apple’s upcoming television set will be powered by a custom-built chip made specifically for the Cupertino company. Sources claim that a number of manufacturers are currently bidding for Apple’s order, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL).

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A5 Chip Production Now Well Underway At Samsung’s New Texas Factory

A5 Chip Production Now Well Underway At Samsung’s New Texas Factory

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While most of the components crammed inside your iOS devices are built by low-cost Asian manufacturers, its dual-core A5 processor is actually built a little closer to home — at Samsung’s new factory in Austin, Texas.

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Apple Shuns Samsung, Begins Testing A6 Chip with TSMC [Report]

Apple Shuns Samsung, Begins Testing A6 Chip with TSMC [Report]

Though the iPhone is still yet to benefit from Apple’s latest dual-core A5 chip, the company has already begun testing its successor, according to a Reuters report. However, it may not be produced by Samsung like its predecessors.

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